Wendy Parker

Notes on being part of the solution

"If you want to improve the industry, be a part of the solution by helping out, and maybe giving someone something they didn't necessarily learn in driving school, or from a trainer. It will only make your job easier in the long run."

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And the flatbed adventure begins …

“I feel like the guy who shows up at the job site with new boots and a new tool belt.” -- George Parker's flatbed transition, in the books.

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I’ll say ‘no’ to corn dogs for $2.6 million, Alex

"The National Institutes of Health have spent a $2.6 million gubmint grant to help truckers lose weight." Such programs aren't "rocket science, and should cost as much" ...

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Broken thermostats and filthy lies

"I had someone come up to me at the Rantoul show and say, 'I love your filthy lies. They crack me up.' A normal person would probably be incensed by this..." Wendy, normal? Um... Sometimes, staying comfortable on the road is hard.

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Rantoul is cool

The Precious, Troy Huddleston and more at 8th annual TopGun Largecar Shootout and Working Class Truck Show in Rantoul, Ill., last weekend.

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Ignorance is bliss, and possibly extinction

"There are 3-million-plus CDL holders in the United States, and talking loudly about how exactly they want their government to represent and restrict (or not restrict) them could be deafening if it were focused..."

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It’s OK to tell

"Most manufacturers really do want to hear why you don't like their product. It's a hassle consumers shouldn't have to go through, but how else do you expect them to make the product better?"

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Dances with a $52 chili dog

“Pay that much for a hot dog, it better have been touched by Kevin Costner himself.”

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The screaming bears of Montana

"So, I might not have seen a tapier in Oregon, or an owl in Washington, but I sure as hell have seen the screaming bears of Montana, and I lived to tell about it. #truckingisthebestjobever"

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Boldly breaking laws others aren’t allowed to break

Wendy back on the licensing soapbox -- "It is fundamentally against the law to practice any profession that requires a state-tested license without completing that license process."...

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